Friday, May 31, 2013

Get out your nut-crackers...

I love the fact that as far as our food intake is concerned, form equals function ... with a sliced carrot resembling the human eye - pupil, iris and radiating lines - with carrots greatly enhancing the function of the eyes. Grapes form a cluster in the shape of a heart and each grape looks like a blood cell with research confirming that grapes are also profound heart and blood-vitalizing foods and so it continues through celery (bones), walnuts (brain), kidney beans (kidney), eggplant, avocados, pears (cervix and uterus) and figs (sperm health).

Now here’s the study ... Antioxidant-rich walnuts won’t improve memory, mood or non-verbal reasoning abilities but can increase “inferential reasoning” according to new research published in the British Journal of Nutrition. Inferential thinking is “the ability to designate the degree of accuracy of the conclusions that have been drawn from certain facts.”

But walnuts do more ... and it’s heart health. Rich in vitamin E, folate, melatonin and the omega-3 linolenic acid, the European Food Safety Authority health claims panel recently found that walnuts consumption could benefit blood vessel function. 

Walnuts (in particular, but like all nuts) are best eaten when they're eaten fresh. Buy them in the shell and get yourself a good nut cracker. One that screws in rather than one requiring strong hands can be used by the kids. They have to eat what they get out of the shell, great way to boost their brain function with super-healthy snack foods.

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